In his first three seasons as a pro, quarterback Mark Sanchez was mentored by former Jacksonville…
Jets forgo franchise tag on Dustin Keller
The deadline came and went without the New York Jets placing the franchise tag on veteran tight end Dustin Keller. This month Keller could potentially go to the highest bidder with free agency set to begin March 12. Sidelined eight games due to nagging hamstring issues, the former Purdue University standout endured the least productive season of his half-decade long pro career. Sanchez's favorite receiving target recorded career-lows in receptions (28), yards (317) and first downs (18) as New York's offense finished third-worst in the league without Keller in the lineup for the majority of the season. Keller's future in New York, much like Sanchez's, is in serious doubt. If Keller signs elsewhere this offseason, tight ends Jeff Cumberland and Konrad Reuland will likely battle it out for the starting job in training camp. The Jets are already devoid of playmakers in the passing game and Keller's departure could complete the team's offensive makeover with several coaching staff and personnel changes already underway. Keller's fate could be tied to Sanchez's as the Jets mull their quarterback options and search far and wide to try and upgrade their depth chart. With newly hired general manager John Idzik pulling the strings, it appears no one's future is etched in stone in the Big Apple.
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